Best Batting Choices

Choosing the Batting

Many wonderful battings are available to quilters today. Best batting choices include choosing a batting for the look you want, the type of quilting you will do, and the way the quilt will be used. Most quilt packaging contains important information such as approximate loft, shrinkage, maxi1num distance between stitching, and recommendations about using the product for hand or machine quilting as well as for light or dark fabric. Be sure to read the package carefully when choosing a batting product. Just like the backing, batting should be 4″ larger than the quilt top on all sides if you’re planning to quilt by hand or with a home sewing machine, but 6″ larger if you’re planning to quilt with a long-arm machine. The following chart lists several batting types and their general uses.

Whichever type of batting you choose, be sure to take it out of the package, unroll it, and let it relax for a few days before you use it. You can also remove the batting from the package and place it in the dryer on the air cycle for 15 minutes to achieve the same effect.

Synthetic and Natural Fiber Batting Chart

Logo

Machine Quilting Tips (part 3)

By Mary Covey

3 Must Know Tips to Machine Quilting

Whither you are machine quilting your quilt yourself or sending it to a machine quilter to quilt for you, there are a few tips that will help your quilt have a better finished look.

1.  Check your borders to make sure that they are flat, the seams are straight, and the corners are square. The quilt below (made by Elsie Ridgley quilted by me) is a great example of this.

IMG_3231elephant side

2.  It is important for the back of your quilt to lay flat also. First be sure to have a straight and even seam. Trimming the selvage and pressing the seam open before quilting will help keep the back from puckering.

IMG_3976selvage      This is an example of an uneven seam that has untrimmed selvages and has not been pressed.

IMG_3237rightseam

       This is an example of a good even seam that has trimmed selvages and pressed seams.

3.  Finally, use good quality thread and batting. I prefer 100% cotton thread like Aurifil or Signature. The same is true for batting choose a good quality natural fiber batting like Warm & Natural. If you prefer a light weight batting Hobbs Heirloom is 80% cotton/20%polyester. Both battings will withstand the test of time.

Logo